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25 killed including children in Malaysian school inferno

KUALA LUMPUR: At least 25 people including children killed in Malaysia, when fire erupted in religious school.

The blaze broke out in Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah  a religious school located in a mainly Malay settlement of Datuk Keramat  just before dawn , according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department.

“The number of confirmed dead are 23 students and two wardens,” Khirudin Drahman  the director of Kuala Lumpur’s fire and rescue department . “They could have died due to smoke inhalation or got trapped in the fire,” he added.

“I think it is one of the country’s worst fire disaster in the past 20 years. We are now investigating the cause of the fire.”

A fire department official at the scene said that the blaze broke out in bedrooms before dawn, and firefighters from a nearby station were on the scene within minutes.

The bodies, on the other hand, have been moved to a nearby hospital, officials said.

At least three killed in suicide attack near Kabul cricket stadium

Kabul: At least three killed in a suicide attack near Kabul cricket stadium. Suicide bomber blew himself near the stadium when a cricket match was underway.

The attacker detonated the bomb after he was stopped at a security checkpoint by suspicious police as he walked towards the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground where a match was under way.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest in a series of deadly assaults in the city.

“The security forces by sacrificing themselves have prevented the attacker from reaching the crowd (inside the stadium) and creating a catastrophe,” police spokesman Basir Mujahid .

Two of the wounded were police officers.

Several ambulances were seen speeding away from the scene, apparently taking the injured to hospital,

Scores of police blocked the road leading to the stadium where the sixth match of the Shpageeza Cricket League season between the Boost Defenders and Mis Ainak Knights was under way. The competition started Monday.

Hundreds of spectators could be heard from outside the stadium as firefighters washed down the area where the bomber had blown himself to bits.

Afghanistan Cricket Board spokesman Farid Hotak told  the match was briefly interrupted and “all players and cricket board officials are safe”. ”.

The last major attack in Kabul happened on August 29 when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a bank days before the Eid festival, killing five people and injuring several others.

Wednesday’s assault came hours after eight Afghans expelled from Germany arrived in Kabul after Berlin resumed deportations of Afghan asylum-seekers.

It had suspended the process when a huge truck bomb tore through the city’s highly fortified diplomatic quarter on May 31, killing around 150 people and wounding hundreds more.

The latest group represented the sixth wave of repatriations of Afghans from Germany since December under a disputed Afghan-European Union deal aimed at curbing the influx of migrants.

Berlin has argued that it can safely repatriate people to Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan, even as Taliban and Islamic State militants terrorise much of the country.

“They told me that there is no problem in your country and you can live there so you can’t stay here  anymore,” Mohammad Jamshidi, one of the deportees,